Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference
Leading indicators in industrial hygiene
Farah Kassam and James Crichton
Leading indicators create a platform for mining companies to track change, progress and measure performance. In recent years the mining industry has started to define and measure high potential incidents and near misses to learn from these incidents and share them. It was a matter of an inch or a second that someone was not fatally injured. There are many congruencies with industrial hygiene; whilst industrial hygiene seems complex, this presentation will provide a step by step process to be able to stay ahead of the curve. With the recent changes to regulations and the emphasis on lowering limits to protect the safety and health of our workers, it is increasingly important to be able to quantify progress and understand your challenges. Comprehensive industrial hygiene programs are challenging to develop and can become increasingly difficult to manage across multiple sites where varying degrees of knowledge are available. Through a case study, this presentation will show the mining sector what has been done and how to develop and measure leading indicators for health and hygiene.